|Posted by alexandraeverist on July 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM|
Of course, I never lived in Poland under Communism. I did visit my grandfather after I graduated from college. The only thing I REALLY REMEMBER WAS HOW EVERYONE WANTED INFORMATION ON WHAT It was like in the West. Everyone spoke in hushed whispers. But it was very different for those who remained in Poland. They went from being an independent country to one that is occupied. I don’t even understand how Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill even thought that giving Poland to Russia was an appropriate compromise at Yalta.
Lidia and Bogdan eventually left Poland just before the Solidarity movement started. The Russians were still very much in charge. Lidia’s brother was already in Australia and she was supposed to be keeping an eye on his apartment. An experience with NKVD agents probably accelerated her decision to emigrate to Australia. These people attacked her when she went to check on her brother’s apartment. This was not her first experience with the Soviet system. Her father had lost his government position when she struck up a friendship with an Austrian boy as a teenager.